Mexico – Chichén Itzá; world famous pyramid of Kukulcán

Mexico - Chichén Itzá; world famous pyramid of Kukulcán
Mexico – Chichén Itzá; world famous pyramid of Kukulcán

Cancun is the No. 1 main location with U.S. travel to foreign countries, thanks to inexpensive flights from the States, 14 miles of beachfronts, and carnival-style night life that transforms the Z-shaped islet off the Yucatan Peninsula into a 24-hour party scene for college students each and every Spring Break. But if you expect this former Mayan trading city is only a sloppy boozefest on the beach, you haven’t experienced the true Cancun. 3 must-see destinations for first-timers in Cancun: Sun, Sand, and Waves at Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines The beaches of Playa Tortugas and Playa Delfines supply the full-spectrum of the Cancun beach scene: Playa Tortugas is a fun party beach with calm, tranquil oceans including bungalow restaurants/bars below the palms; Playa Delfines is an escapist beach with white sand for travelers wanting to get away from the crowds (and perhaps catch a few waves). Excursion to the Mayan Ruins Integrated into the downtown area, the plaza ruins of El Ray remind visitors of the city’s early history as a Mayan trading port and provide the urban layout a distinctively mythic appearance (and a kitschy cache to bankroll tourist dollars). However, for a much more immersive adventure, get a day trip drive into Riviera Maya to the beachfront ruins of Tulum and the jungle temples of Coba (they’re far less crowded and even closer in comparison to Chichen Itza). Coco Bongo It would be a pity to leave Cancun without a gander of the most wild, extravagant club the party city has to feature. Coco Bongo is a temple of excess to outrageous proportions– a massive 1,800-person nightclub along with nightly trapeze acts, rock-star impersonators, a rainbow blitz of roving spotlights, and hundreds of partiers dancing to DJ-spun hits on virtually any platform they are able to climb onto. Isla Mujeres This little isle off the coast of Cancun is simply a peaceful escape from the madness of the mainland. The palm-shaded coasts are superb for laying out under the sun shortly after an intimate lunch at one of the island’s eateries, and the glowing blue water seems made for an afternoon swim. Dipping Into the Cenotes The rain forest of the Yucatan peninsula produces an unique experience for tourists trying to find adventure in the form of sunken cenotes– subterranean rivers and lakes which one can gain access to via rappelling into caves. Underwater Museum of Art Sure, Cancun and the Riviera Maya feature lots of offshore dive sites. However in case your tank skills are up to par, one of the best spots to scuba dive is the Underwater Museum of Art, built by English artist Jason de Caires Taylor, which, true to its name, is an underwater museum of sculptures exhibited at the bottom of the ocean. Brand new to scuba diving? Not a problem. Scuba Cancun are able to set anyone up with a newcomer’s scuba diving session and after that a museum dive for $80.

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